Submitted: July 19, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
This was my first trip to Italy and to Spoleto. I traveled with a great friend (Sue) and our stay at the Penthouse on the Park exceeded our expectations. The location was excellent; just a short walk and you’re in the city center where all the shops, great restaurants and cafe/bars are. The upper terrace provided a gorgeous 360degree view of the hillside olive groves, hay fields, and pretty villas. Alot of time was spent just gazing out on the hillside with a glass of wine and enjoying the fragrance of jasmine in the air. The apartment was spacious, comfortable and well stocked.
Laurie was wondrous! He arrived quickly at train station to pick us up, toured us around town to show off his city, provided many tips on where to eat and drink, and was a very charming man. I was especially impressed with is willingness to make certain we were enjoying ourselves. He was always just a text away... After one week, he again transported us to Strettura (just outside Spoleto) to Castrum Resort for our second week. Without him, transport would of had to have been arranged and most likely expensive. Finally, he gathered us at the end of our stay to take us to the train. Truly amazing and unheard of in the States. Thank you - Thank you Laurie!!! And while I did not meet Norma, our email conversations prior to arrival where very helpful and booking was very easy! Thank you both for all the help; you made this holiday very easy to arrange and enjoy.
Finally, I cannot leave out the opportunity we were presented with to have dinner in the countryside with Norma and Laurie's friends Daniella and Luciano. Unsure of what the evening would entail, we were intrigued. In fact, it turned out to be a dining experience rivaling anything else. Multiple courses were served at a very casual pace allowing us to savor the flavors as well as enjoy conversation with the other guests from all over the world (New Zealand, Belgium, and USA). Truly a great Umbrian dining experience!
Thank you Norma and Laurie for an excellent holiday......
Owner's Response: Strettura Castle, alias Castrum Resort, was restored by our friend and partner, Paulo, and, he converted the castle into 3 suites and 3 one bedroom apartments. Contact me through this page for more details about this beautiful castle. There is much on my website that I would like to refer you to re its terrific location, its tranquility, the courses you can do there from beer making to cookery, the onsite restaurant - excellent cuisine at local rates, the beauty "farm" where we offer Hammam massages and, just a few minutes down the lane, Strettura village itself, with its butcher, its baker, its general foodmstore and its 3 restaurants, one of which makes the finest pizza in the world !
Yes, indeed, in booking one of our central Spoleto apartments, of which we offer about 12, then, moving to Strettura Castle, Tracey and Sue really did savour the best of all possible worlds. However, we also offer many other equally amazing apartments, villas and pool properties because we and our partners, all of whom own the 40 or so properties that you see on our personal website (advertised on this page), have carefully selected all our properties for their uniqueness and location. So, why not sample a town and country experience, just as Tracey and Sue did, experience the deep warmth and friendship of the Umbrian folks, sample the excellent food and wines of the different areas around Spoleto and feast your eyes on the ecstatic scenic differences between historic Spoleto, with its myriad of cobbled and arched streets, its pedestrian areas, teaming with shops, bars and restaurants, and our tranquil country places, set against the purple and pink mountain ranges.
Our "job" is provide you with the best holiday ever. And, to those who return, as more and more of you do each year, we offer specially discounted rates because if there is one thing that makes our "work" worthwhile, it is appreciative guests, such as Tracey and Sue.
Thank you, Tracey and Sue ! Saluti, Norma
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